Principal, Molloy Education Center
The Project CLASS (Communication, Learning, and Social Skills) program is committed to providing students with a quality educational program that fosters academic growth, developing relationships, supporting communication, and building independence to enhance a studentís participation in the community.
The highly structured programs are for students kindergarten through high school and are located within the Molloy Education Center. Classrooms provide small group instruction with a highly individualized researched based curriculum. This curriculum is aligned with the curricula of member districts as well as the Illinois Learning Standards. Both academic and functional skills are addressed through the use of technology and intensive reading and math programs. Teachers adapt to the unique learning styles of each individual student utilizing a variety of instructional strategies. Students are progress monitored on a regular basis and utilize a data-based decision making approach to guide instruction and IEP development.
All IEP goals are worked on in a collaborative model. A multidisciplinary team develops goals, instructional strategies, and accommodations that can be utilized across settings with special education classroom staff and parents.
NTDSE embraces the use of technology on a daily basis to enhance the curriculum and IEP goal instruction.
Students in the Project CLASS programs at the Molloy Education Center receive regular opportunities to participate within their community. Structured community activities occur on a weekly basis and provide an opportunity for students to generalize skills from the classroom to the community. Students are presented with opportunities to generalize skills in restaurants, stores, and recreational/leisure experiences.
NTDSE provides a variety of professional development to help families begin to plan for post-secondary life. Individualized transition planning begins at the IEP meeting when a child is 14. Staff in the Project CLASS program work closely with community agencies and adult service providers to assist parents in planning for their students' future.